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Facebook Mistakenly Verified A Bitcoin Scammer Pretending To Be Elon Musk

Facebook Mistakenly Verified A Bitcoin Scammer Pretending To Be Elon Musk

Because Facebook is the biggest social media platform in the world, scammers often use it to take financial advantage of unsuspecting people. However, the least users can ask of Facebook is not to actively promote these criminals. Yet that’s exactly what happened recently when the social media giant mistakenly verified a bitcoin con artist posing…

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Report: Scammers Are Falsely Promising Facebook Verification

Report: Scammers Are Falsely Promising Facebook Verification

Scammers and cybercriminals have an almost endless variety of ways to take advantage of users on Facebook. And according to a recent report from CNET, that includes tricking users who want to become verified into handing over their personal info. These scams work by directing users to fake verification forms, or by messaging them with…

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Report: Facebook Is A Breeding Ground For Fake Product Reviews

Report: Facebook Is A Breeding Ground For Fake Product Reviews

It’s well known that Facebook has problems with spam on its platform. However, one underreported issue is the abundance of Facebook groups that solicit fake reviews for products. It’s a big enough problem that Amazon has started to not-so-subtly call out Facebook to do more to stop this practice. These Facebook groups work by promising…

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Typing ‘Fact Check’ in your Facebook Block List Will Not Block Bots Reporting Your Posts

Typing ‘Fact Check’ in your Facebook Block List Will Not Block Bots Reporting Your Posts

Another hoax message is spreading virally on Facebook. The body of the message instructs users to: GO TO YOUR FB SETTINGS GO TO BLOCKING, TYPE IN FACT CHECK THEN BLOCK ALL OF THEM THESE ARE THE FB “BOTS” THAT KEEP REPORTING YOUR POSTS. I HAD OVER 20. YOU’RE WELCOME Sadly, this not true. You can’t…

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Report: Facebook Shopping Scams Are On The Rise

Report: Facebook Shopping Scams Are On The Rise

Scammers and cybercriminals often try to take advantage of Facebook users with fraudulent advertisements. However, these scams are particularly prevalent during the holiday season, and many experts are warning users to be careful what they click. According to a report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), reports of online scams have risen eight-fold since the…

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Report: Despite Being Shut Down, Fraudulent Ad System Continues Scamming Facebook Users

Report: Despite Being Shut Down, Fraudulent Ad System Continues Scamming Facebook Users

In November 2019, Facebook sent a cease-and-desist letter to a U.S.-based marketing firm that ran ads using images of celebrities to trick users. As a result, the firm shut down. However, according to a new report in BuzzFeed News this week, many of the company’s remnants are still actively being used to scam people on…

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Ransomware Groups Are Using Hacked Facebook Pages To Pressure Their Victims Into Paying

Ransomware Groups Are Using Hacked Facebook Pages To Pressure Their Victims Into Paying

Facebook is an invaluable tool for people around the world to connect with one another. However, that also means cybercriminals can more easily take advantage of users. The latest fraudulent scheme circulating on Facebook involves ransomware groups hacking Facebook accounts in order to publish ads that pressure their victims into paying up. According to a…

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New Facebook Scam Fakes “Copyright Violations” To Get Around Two-Factor Authentication

New Facebook Scam Fakes “Copyright Violations” To Get Around Two-Factor Authentication

Facebook has long touted two-factor authentication as one of the strongest security measures that users can implement to protect themselves. However, a devious new scam has found a way around this safeguard by sending users fake copyright violation notices. According to Threatpost, hackers are sending these bogus notices to users and threatening to take down…

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Chinese Malware Scam Stole $4 Million From Users

Chinese Malware Scam Stole $4 Million From Users

At an industry conference this week, the Facebook security team shared additional details about one of the most sophisticated malware scams ever on the platform — a ploy originating in China known as “SilentFade.” The advanced hack utilized a bug in Facebook’s code to steal users’ passwords and cookies so they could hijack their accounts…

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Facebook Introduces New Scam-Fighting Safety Measures To Messenger

Facebook Introduces New Scam-Fighting Safety Measures To Messenger

When it comes to the Messenger platform, Facebook must walk a fine line with its security policies. The company has to protect users while simultaneously not infringing on their private messages. That’s why Facebook announced a new set of security measures this week for detecting scammers that relies solely on metadata, not the content of…

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